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Houston Astros
@ Arizona Diamondbacks

Monday, Apr 28, 2008, 8:40 PM CDT
Chase Field

Chris Sampson vs Dan Haren

Mostly clear. Winds blowing out to left field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game Time temperature: Around 95.

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W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2008 - Chris Sampson 1-2 4 4 0 0 0 0 18.1 26 13 13 1 4 9 6.38 1.64

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2008 - Dan Haren 3-1 5 5 0 0 0 0 29.2 27 13 10 3 6 24 3.03 1.11


Ugh, 8:40 PM start time is pretty rough... I don't understand why they would start games so late. I can see this when we are playing a pacific time zone team, but not when playing a mountain time zone team like the Diamondbacks. Their game is starting at 7:40PM their time... I wouldn't want to go to a game at 7:40 PM central time... especially not on a work day... but I digress... I know it's not a battle I stand a fighting chance at winning. And on to the game...

The Astros are facing the best team in baseball... at least record wise. The Diamondbacks have started out the season hot and have won 18 of their first 26 games for a .720 winning percentage. The D-backs have a really good pitching team this year... especially their starters. Of their 6 starters this season, the worst ERA they have is a 4.66. Their 2nd worse starter... Doug Davis at a 3.72. Brandon Webb has already won 6 games this season!!! The Astros starters have 6 wins... combined. Webb has been outstanding this year and brings a 1.98 ERA to the table. The Astros looked to have lucked out though... Webb pitched last night and will miss this series with the Astros. We probably will get to face ex-Astros favorite, Chad Qualls, who through 13 appearances and 14.1 innings, has yet to give up an earned run.

Berkman named NL Player of the Week

From April 20-27, Berkman led the NL with 12 RBIs and a 1.136 slugging percentage, while tying for the NL lead with four homers and 25 total bases.

He hit .455 (10-for-22) with one double and one triple and recorded a .517 on-base percentage. On April 24 at Cincinnati, the four-time All-Star went 3-for-3, including a three-run home run and a double. The home run was the 18th of his career at Great American Ball Park, giving the Houston slugger the most for any opposing player at that stadium, which opened in 2003.

"Somebody's got to have the most," Berkman quipped on Thursday. "It might as well be me."

Lineup

Houston Astros @ Arizona Diamondbacks

04/28/08 8:40 PM CDT

Houston Astros Arizona Diamondbacks
Kazuo Matsui - 2B Chris Young - CF
Michael Bourn - CF Eric Byrnes - LF
Miguel Tejada - SS Orlando Hudson - 2B
Lance Berkman - 1B Conor Jackson - 1B
Carlos Lee - LF Mark Reynolds - 3B
Hunter Pence - RF Justin Upton - RF
Mark Loretta - 3B Stephen Drew - SS
J.R. Towles - C Chris Snyder - C
Chris Sampson - P Dan Haren - P